A WELL-liked minister is heading for new pastures after almost seven years at his North Glasgow parish.
The Reverend James Torrens (45) was treated to a special farewell celebration by his parishioners at St Rollox Church in Sighthill last month.
James, who is originally from Northern Ireland, worked as a hospital doctor for 11 years before qualifying as a minister at St Andrew’s University.
He served as assistant minister at Palmerston Place Church in Edinburgh before moving to St Rollox in 2005.
He said: “I’ve very much enjoyed my time at St Rollox. It has been a privilege to be the minister of such a diverse congregation.
“It’s the people that I will miss the most. We have been blessed with many new people over the last six years.
“I am grateful to God for the privilege of serving him in St Rollox and Sighthill over these past six and a half years and I wish the congregation God’s continued blessing and guidance.”
Over the years James, who has two children, has been involved in a number of initiatives, including starting a lunch club after morning worship, launching a variety of courses to help people learn about the Bible and Christianity, and developing the work of the parish’s community outreach project.
He now intends to take a break before moving to his next church.
He added: “I am not moving straight into another parish situation, but taking time to explore my various options at present.
“I will miss the congregation very much and I wish them well for the future.”
PARTY: James and wife Jane are pictured above.